New Carrots and Leeks07.15.10

123 A few weeks back, we ventured back to the Farmer’s Market here in Santa Rosa.  We came away with baguettes and flowers, honey and cherries and figs and a couple of bundles of new carrots and leeks.  Oh, and some butter.  I’ll get to that in a minute.

We always have a blast wandering around sampling and deciding on what to bring home.  The Boy is more adventurous when faced with tables loaded with fresh-from-the-farm produce, and I’ll admit, I’m even more excited than he is to see him go – ooh, what’s that?  Mom, let’s buy those and try them.

Of course, once we get them home, that’s a whole different story.  Carrots and leeks are both familiar and one of those things I’m negating the try-it-three-times rule on.  The Boy was not that excited about it, but hello?  Look at how cute these carrots are:

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Cauliflower & Cheddar Soup05.04.10

052 I have found them.  I found the lost photographic evidence of our foray into cooking like Pioneer Woman!  On a cold, dreary night in February, back when I was still on my soup bender, I realized I had all the ingredients on hand to attempt Pioneer Woman’s Cauliflower Soup.

None of the kids were excited, and thinking back on the soups I’ve put in front of them over the last couple of months, I get it.  I really do.  But Ree is An Expert.  So I figured this had a shot at pleasing them, even if I’ve failed over and over previously.

Right away, I knew I was going to be making a few modifications to the recipe, based on my hope that the addition of cheddar cheese would make this soup more Boy-friendly.  And we typically replace sour cream with plain Greek yogurt – and my kids haven’t been big fans of tangy recently, so I figured I’d just top my bowl with it and let everyone else get a pass.

Here’s the cast of characters:

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Rainbow Chard03.16.10

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At the Farmer’s Market, we picked up some gorgeous rainbow chard. After shocking myself by loving the collard greens earlier this year (although admittedly, they were WAY WAY overcooked) I figured that chard would be equally yummy. The kids all oohed and aahed about the colorful stalks and we grabbed two bunches. Leafy greens – with bonus color – is a very exciting proposition. Since I wasn’t going to be cooking with them the same day, I put them in a vase of cold water in the fridge, and they stayed nice and perky. Plus, they were very pretty:

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Back at home, I did a quick search for chard recipes, uncovering a zillion versions of the olive oil, garlic, red pepper, lemon juice, saute method. I’m all for simple and easy, and this approach seemed to be The Way To Go, if you trust the internet for your recipe needs. (I totally trust the internet.)

Although, I will say that this recipe for a rather unconventional lasagne sounds super fab. Mushrooms, Rainbow Chard and Gruyere Lasagne? YES PLEASE. But for my first time out of the gate, I’m going to try to method that 90% of the internet seems to recommend.

Aaaand, here we go:
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Tortilla Soup02.15.10

074It appears that all we eat is soup around here. That’s not really the case, but it’s winter and I’m trying to get my kid to eat produce – and soup always sounds like a friendly-vegetable-delivery-system. With my flair for screwing up recipes, or blatantly not even trying to use a recipe, we’ve had some really weird soups over the last month and half. Part of me thought, hey, I should look up a great recipe for Tortilla Soup. But then, why break my streak?

We’re winging it over here – come along for the ride!
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Chicken soup with invisible spaghetti01.18.10

016“You’re a sucker for punishment.”  That’s what my husband said when I announced that it was Chicken Soup Returns:  The Reckoning night.  And I’ll admit, that last go round was tragically off the mark, but this time, I was sticking to classic chicken soup flavors.  And I had little helpers!  It was going to be great!

That’s when the hubs noticed the package of mung-bean noodles on the counter.  His face lit up.  “Invisible Spaghetti!”  I guess growing up, his Korean mom would substitute these clear noodles for wheat-based noodles quite a bit.  With that kind of kid-friendly code name, I figured they’d be a hit in my soup, too.

Here’s what we started with:

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Potato and fennel au gratin01.11.10

We’re on a roll with the What The? Foods this week. In fact, this is one of those things I have browsed past in the produce aisle many a time, and have never been curious enough to toss in the cart. Behold – fennel:

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Anyway, you know what they say about curiosity and the cat, right?

068 That’s Kimo inviting herself to dinner. And you know what? She didn’t die from eating a bite of our potato and fennel au gratin. How did The Boy fare?

Let’s do this thing, shall we?
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Scrambled eggs with yellow peppers, green onion and cheese01.06.10

022 I’ve been holding off on going to the store this week, because I had a bunch of produce in the drawer on the verge of giving me the finger and dissolving into goo before I could come up with a clever use for it.    Clever meaning something novel enough that The Boy would willingly eat it, but still sticking to our ground rules about no tricky, veggie-hiding muffins or whatever.  Besides, he doesn’t like muffins either.  Oh yes, you all envy me now, don’t you?

He also won’t eat most common dipping condiments, like catsup, ranch dressing, salsa, most cheese sauces.  He likes things plain.  And beige.  He does like scrambled eggs with melted cheese, so I figured we’d pull out some complementary vegetables and see what happened if I mixed them all together.

Here’s what we started with:

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Black-eyed peas and collard greens12.31.09

World's Smallest Bite“Well, what should we do for our first produce challenge?” I asked my son, as he stared at the television. His head slowly rotated toward me, eyes panicked.

“I don’t like anything,” he stated.

“Yet, we’re doing this anyway, so what’s it going to be?” I waggled my eyebrows at him.

“I don’t care. You pick.”

FINE. I have picketh-ed. We are starting off the New Year** with black-eyed peas and collard greens.

Black-eyed peas are served on New Year’s Day in a traditional dish called Hoppin’ John in the southern states.
Linda Stradley at What’s Cooking America explains:

Hoppin’ John is a rich bean dish made of black-eyed peas simmered with spicy sausages, ham hocks, or fat pork, rice, and tomato sauce. This African-American dish is traditionally a high point of New Year’s Day, when a shiny dime is often buried among the black-eyed peas before serving. whoever get the coin in his or her portion is assured good luck throughout the year. For maximum good luck in the new year, the first thing that should be eaten on New year’s Day is Hoppin’ John. At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, many southern families toast each other with Champagne and a bowl of Hoppin’ John. If it is served with collard greens you might, or might not, get rich during the coming year.

Here’s where I admit that I’ve never actually tried collard greens, and I’m not the hugest fan of black-eyed peas. But I’m a fan of fun traditions, so we’re going to give it a go in a two-fer extravaganza of new foods. Plus, this is like the culinary equivalent of buying a few lottery tickets.

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